Shiloh – Before & After Kiwi Lane

Before & After Kiwi Lane

When did you begin Scrapbooking?

I was 16 the first time I scrapbooked. I was with my Mom at a Creative Memories party that our friend was hosting. I helped my Mom with her layout there. I still vividly remember that moment and how much fun it was to help create a scrapbook page! After helping mom with a few layouts she was sweet enough to allow me to use my baby pictures to start my own scrapbook.

What got you hooked?

I always enjoyed scrapbooking since the moment I first started but I was a bit sporadic as to when I would do it. What really got me hooked was when I became a mother and I had all these cute pictures of my Son. I really wanted to make sure that I was preserving his, and our family’s pictures and memories.

How did you feel about your very first Scrapbooking Layout?

At the time I thought it was amazing! I seriously loved every minute of making it. Now I look back and realize how much my style has changed. But at the same time I like to see the growth that I have achieved.

Baby Shiloh with her Dad & Mom (Yes that’s Debbie holding Shiloh).
 Baby Shiloh – 1st Scrapbooking Page.
Tell me a little about your “Before Kiwi” Scrapbooking style:

Before Kiwi I started like everyone else, lots of stickers and stamps with matted pictures on my page. I tried a few kit companies and even started a Kit Company with my Mom at one point. That is when I really started getting into patterned paper. At that time Basic Grey was one of my favorite paper companies because they did coordinating patterns. I was able to create simple layers with strips and circles and loved the way they turned out. That started my love of layering!

At that time in my scrapbooking I used more eyelets, distressing tools, idea books, machines and dies for lettering. Rub-ons were a big things for me at that time as well because I didn’t like using my handwriting on my pages…still don’t. I was always excited to try new tools and products. Problem is that I collected a lot without always using them!

Before Kiwi Lane:

Here are photographs of a few of my favorite Layouts before we created Kiwi Lane.

How would of having the Designer Templates when you first started made scrapbooking easier for you?

Well, as my friends and family could testify. I was a terribly slow scrapbooker when it came to settling on a design idea! I spent so much time looking for ideas and sketching things out on paper before starting, that I was not very productive.

One of the most valuable things the Designer Templates do for you is that they help inspire ideas for your pages. They also allow you to see what the layout will look like before cutting and allows you to make sure there is room for everything you want to add to your page. Takes all the scary parts out of scrapbooking and just allows you to have fun.

If I had started scrapbooking with the Play to Create system I don’t think I would have wasted so much money on things that I would never use. I had an incredibly large stash of things that I never used or only partially used that I wasted much of what I bought. Now, I only buy the things that I need which isn’t much, paper, letters, buttons…that sort of thing. It makes me feel better to be using the stuff that I buy and not just buying because it is cute or exciting. I am just not tempted the same way I was before.

A few other things that I love about how I scrapbook now, I love being able to journal on my page using my computer and Designer Templates. For those like me who hate their handwriting or want to get a lot of words into a small space the Designer Templates are a HUGE help! I love how I can use patterned paper to create such beautiful layers that still allow my pictures to stand out on my page. I love, LOVE how much faster I am now at scrapbooking! I still have much to do to get caught up on the many pictures I take but I sure am having fun doing it!

Because of Kiwi Lane:

Here are photographs of a few of my Favorite Kiwi Lane Scrapbooking Layouts.

I hope that you enjoyed reading and seeing a little bit about my Scrapbooking Style and how it’s changed over the years and for the better because of our Play To Create System.

Want to see Debbie’s – Before & After Kiwi Lane layouts?

Click Here to read her Full Before & After Story

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  1. If I may, I think the most awesome thing about Kiwi Lane templates is they add movement to a usually very square and rectangle page. And the paper does the work, instead of feeling like you have to use 5,000 products and then it’s so thick, you end up with only 5 to 10 pages per scrapbook. Thank you Kiwi Lane for helping and inspiring us to tell our stories and our family’s stories. It makes it so much easier to get it done! XOXO

  2. I started scrapbooking in 2006 and started with Creative Memories. I love scrapbooking because it captures special memories. I learned about Kiwi Lane from a scrapbook store that I went too all the time. They had Kiwi Lane pages on the wall. They were so beautiful. I’m so happy and love using Kiwi Lane. Your pages look so beautiful using the templates. I thank you so much for something awesome to use.

  3. I am like you and started with Creative Memories. When I look back they look so plain. B ut I love them because of the memories. Then like you I went on to other things. Now I am using Kiwi Lane and love it !!!!

  4. I love using your templates living in the Uk makes it expensive to order the templates you should have someone here in the Uk caroline

    1. We would love to eventually get Kiwi Lane Instructors in the U.K. Unfortunately we are not to that point yet. Still growing! 🙂 you can however order from us and we will ship.

  5. I”m 75 yrs. old and I started loving scrapbooks when……..A friend of mine much older was in love, and making a scrapbook with her boyfriend, up to their wedding………….oh I was, loving her books, I started one in my senior year…that scrapbook got flooded.. and all the ink ran off……..the photos were ruined …………Now, I put off making a scrapbook …………Years later lI started going to a Creative memories classes at the community center………..I’m working hard now to get all my photos in books…………for my children and grandkids…………….. Kiwi Lane templates are a big help, I can use the paper I have collected over the years, and buy less supplies………..and I love color, the more color the happier I am with my pages………..
    I always hated paper with printing on both sides…..but with Kiwi Lane templets I’m able to use them well……… wasted paper this way

    1. That’s so awesome that you are taking classes and using our Templates to get the most out of all of your paper Victoria. I love the bright colors as well. 🙂